Himachal cabinet nod for market intervention scheme for citrus fruit

Shimla: The Himachal cabinet today approved a market intervention scheme (MIS) for procuring citrus fruits in the state and decided to charge nothing for apples bought under a similar scheme and supplied to HPMC, a state PSU, for processing purposes.

Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal the cabinet approved the 2012-13 MIS scheme for citrus fruit by authorizing state agencies HPMC, APAIC and HIMFED to open up 54 procurement centers across the state.

These center are to procure 500 tons of good quality kinnow, malta or santra and 100 tons of Galgal at Rs 6 per Kg, while the lower grades at Rs 5.50 and Rs 4.50 per Kg for lower grades, a cabinet spokesman stated.

Fruit under the scheme would be bought during November 20 and February 15, 2013, period, he added.

The cabinet also decided to provide all the apples procured under MIS in the current season to HPMC, free of cost for manufacture of apple juice.

The cabinet passed directions for curbing smuggling of ‘Nag Chhatri,’ ‘Trillium Govanimum’, a perennial medicinal plant found in the states temperate zone. Indiscriminate exploitation of the medicinal plant was posing a threat to the specie in the wild.

The cabinet approved stern measures to check illegal and unscientific mining in river beds and forest areas of the state.

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